Central Catholic graduate Nick Lowe will return to his alma mater as boys basketball coach


After two successful coaching runs at other area high schools, Central Catholic graduate Nick Lowe will return to his alma mater as head basketball coach.

“I am very passionate about returning to my alma mater and continuing the winning tradition at Central Catholic High School,” Lowe said in a press release. “I am focused on creating a balanced environment for our student-athletes to excel in.

“I look forward to advancing the mission of the school through our basketball program, as well as helping to prepare our student-athletes for the for the next stage of their lives.”

Lowe, a 1990 graduate and former Irish player, succeeds Jim Welling, who resigned that post after guiding Central to a 110-31 record over six seasons, including two league championships and a trip to the Division I state semifinals in 2011.

“Mr. Lowe is dedicated to the mission of our institution, and has the best interests of our student-athletes at heart,” said Central athletic director Dan Gill. “He has a strong knowledge of our tradition, and we are confident he will continue to move our basketball program in the right direction.”

Most recently, Lowe led Bedford to a 50-17 record over three seasons (2011-14), a run highlighted by an 18-4 season and the first boys basketball league championship in school history in 2012-13.

That season they won the Southeastern Conference Red Division title with an 11-1 mark, and Lowe was named as The Blade’s 2013 coach of the year. The Kicking Mules were 18-6 in Lowe’s first season at Bedford, and 14-7 last year.

Prior to that, Lowe spent nine seasons (2001-10) as head coach at St. Francis de Sales, posting a 113-68 record and a trip to the City League championship game his final year there.

Lowe, a graduate of the University of Toledo and a former teacher, owns and operates M & W Silkscreen.

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